Court Orders Exam Retakes for Students Caught Cheating with High-Tech Vest
John Williamson / 9 years ago
The Indian Supreme Court has demanded 630,000 students retake their All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) amid concerns about widespread cheating. One of the most prevalent devices used was a vest which contains a concealed microphone and cellular radio. This can exchange data such as research papers to another person through a traditional SIM card. You can even covertly ask questions into the built-in microphone and hear the response through a minuscule in-ear Bluetooth headset. This makes it quite difficult to detect and relays much more information than writing notes onto your hands. Of course, this isn’t something I am advocating!
An investigation into the scale of cheating produced some shocking results and predict approximately 700 students used the hidden communication tool. In total, 44 candidates were identified and found cheating with the devices being present across Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The AIPMT administers 15% of the seats in the country’s public medical and dental colleges which creates a lot of fierce competition. Additionally, 99.4% of all candidates fail the AIPMT every year and upholds a very high standard. Parents acted in desperation to propel their children into the school and provide a better quality of life. However, cheaters never prosper nor deserve any credit.
The BBC produced a video showing the how the vest works and remarks on the unbelievable quantity of devices out there to acquire the correct answers. India’s educational system is plagued by this notion and gangs can make a profitable business from selling data and devices in huge numbers. Cheating is illegal in India, but this hasn’t deterred students from trying to get away with it!
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